On Aug 4, 2011 1:04 PM, "Leonardo Ruoso" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> 2011/8/4 Kevin Williams <email@example.com>
>> I was just trying to boot up my laptop I'm studying computer science when I get to college next year.
> May be you should consider another career... Surely you can study CS anyway, but you'll need to teach yourself a lot more... Technology is changing everyday...
> Telecommunications is a lot more stable than CS e even there I studied analog switches and now I install and see Asterisk everywhere.
I've said that most cs majors can't tell their elbows from.... well, maybe they do teach you how to read... maybe.
>> so I decided to get to know linux so I can know something before college and my friend told me out was hard to listen so I figured I should learn know then later. Now my laptop isn't booting up to debian and I don't know what I'm doing
> Why can't you follow the documentation (howto) like everybody else... you can even try Ubuntu... My wife's laptop is a Debian one, even my 4 year girl use it every day and is having a lot of fun.
If he's coming from windows, I'd go: mingw, virtualbox, actual install. I don't think a GUI teaches anyone anything. Otoh, he doesn't have to start on slackware spending hours learning the XF86Config file to get to a 'decent' web browser (being Netscape at the time).
There's another side to this though. Computers are a lot like language, the best way to learn them is to emerge yourself in them and if you don't have a goal you won't learn very well.
> You may find that the world is more friendly today than was when I started typing my own games in a storageless TK85... I really loved the MSX and you can't imagine what having a hard disk has mean to a technology student just a few years ago... Unix is just great and easy to hack...
Hmmm, that might have been a bit before me but I do remember the 8088 and when they got a hdd and modem for a //e at my school. Good stuff. I also remember everyone being banned from telnet because someone used it to mess with the school's email server. How things have changed.